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Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  26 September 2003 (USA)
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A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Riotta ...
Mario Monicelli ...
Roberto Nobile ...
Anita Zagaria ...
Evelina Gori ...
Giulia Steigerwalt ...
Valentine Pelka ...
Sasa Vulicevic ...
Massimo Sarchielli ...
Signora Raguzzi


Frances Mayes is a San Francisco based literature professor, literary reviewer and author, who is struggling in writing her latest book. Her outwardly perfect and stable life takes a turn when her husband files for divorce as he wants to marry the woman with who he is having an affair, the infidelity and marital problem of which Frances was unaware. As Frances was supporting him as he was writing his own book, he sues for alimony despite Frances not being wealthy herself. And he wants to keep the house. Frances eventually accepts her best friend Patti's offer of a vacation, a gay tour of Tuscany which Patti and her lesbian partner Grace originally purchased for themselves before Patti found out that she is pregnant. The gift is a means to escape dealing with the divorce, from which Patti feels Frances may never recover emotionally without some intervention. Feeling that Patti's assessment may be correct in that she has too much emotional baggage ever to return to San Francisco, ... Written by Huggo

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villa | love | divorce | writer | house | See All (168) »


Life offers you a thousand chances ... all you have to do is take one. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo el sol de Toscana  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,751,425 (USA) (26 September 2003)


£440,167 (UK) (2 April 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Every time a group of nuns is seen on screen, they are eating: first at the market, then sitting on a terrace and finally during the wedding. See more »


When Francesca goes to Positano to surprise Marcello, she rides up the winding roads on the back of a Police motor scooter. As they make a sharp right turn, we see an unobstructed view of a miniature village scene in the wall at that turn. A moment later when the camera angle changes, all of a sudden a parked blue truck appears, along with an attentive worker standing behind it. See more »


German Woman: You greedy Americans. You think you're so entitled. You ruin everything.
Frances: A lot of us feel really badly about that.
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References La Dolce Vita (1960) See more »


Humming Chorus
(from "Madama Butterfly")
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Lyrics by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Performed by Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (as Rome Opera House Chorus and Rome Opera House Orchestra)
Courtesy of BMG Classics
Under license from BMG Special Products, Inc.
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18 November 2009 | by (Lebanon) – See all my reviews

It's a story about how people who want things badly rush themselves into experiences that are worse than their previous ones. It's a good movie with several deep messages. The movie also has a certain atmosphere that makes you feel as if you are in Tuscan on a trip yourself. I have to disagree with the view that says you need to be in love to enjoy the movie. All what you need is some depth and you will definitely relate to the protagonist. She happens to be healing from a failing marriage but you can relate to her story if you are dealing with any kind of problems in your life.

There is one specific part of the movie which I truly like is the one where she defends the love story of a young couple though she was hurt. This shows that even though she failed she didn't cease to believe in love. She succeeded in going out of the egocentricity of a person who usually hates good for people if his life is not working successfully.

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